Monterrey: Team Lebanon race report

A1 Team Lebanon races hard at A1 grand Prix of Nations, Mexico The A1 Grand Prix of Mexico, held at Parque Fundidora, Monterrey produced two exciting races with A1 Team Lebanon competing hard for national honours. Recording the team's best...

A1 Team Lebanon races hard at A1 grand Prix of Nations, Mexico

The A1 Grand Prix of Mexico, held at Parque Fundidora, Monterrey produced two exciting races with A1 Team Lebanon competing hard for national honours. Recording the team's best Sprint race finish in 13th place, the team's new driver, Graham Rahal followed this with 14th place in the main Feature race.

A1 Team Lebanon driver, Rahal was selected to drive this weekend, with Khalil Beschir and Basil Shaaban supporting their new team mate trackside. Rahal quickly settled himself into the team, qualifying in the highest slot so far for the team, with an eighth row start alongside Great Britain.

The opening lap of the Sprint race saw Rahal move up from 16th to 14th , but a safety car came out on this lap to slow up the field due to an incident between Mexico and Ireland. With green flag racing returning on lap five, Rahal was back on the power and soon up to 12th place. As the race unfolded Rahal kept on the pace in mid-field, and finally finished 13th after dropping back a place in the closing stages, due to electronic problems.

In the Feature race Rahal took the start from the seventh row and exercising caution crossed the line in 15th place on the opening lap. The leaders pitted at the first opportunity and A1 Team Lebanon opted to remain out to capitalise on the clearer track. Rahal was able to move up to second before pitting for new tyres, returning to the track in 15th spot. At mid-distance the young driver lay 14th, a position he retained until the chequered flag.

Rahal said after his first two A1 Grand Prix races, "I had a good start in the sprint race and were moving up the field, but an electronics problem slowed me and pushed me down a few spots. In the Feature race we were running a consistent pace, keeping up with many of the strong runners such as USA, Brazil, Malaysia -- all the guys that often run up front. We worked our hardest and will be looking for more next time."

Tameem Auchi, Seat Holder, A1 Team Lebanon, added, "Rahal has made a promising start and has impressed us all with the speed with which he has acclimatised himself to the A1 car and A1 Team Lebanon. Throughout the weekend he has shown his maturity and professionalism, both on and off the track, and we should not forget that this is his first weekend in the A1 car and he's only 17 years old. He is a valuable addition to our driver line-up and we welcome his contribution. We're certainly improving as a team and I hope that we can continue to make progress in the final races of the season."

The A1 Grand Prix series moves on to North America with its first visit to the USA taking the international field of drivers to Laguna Seca in California, a picturesque circuit hidden away in a natural bowl in the hills overlooking Monterey Bay. The race takes place from 10-12 March and will be the penultimate round of the inaugural A1 Grand Prix series, which has its finale on April 2nd in Shanghai, China.

-team lebanon-

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Series A1GP
Drivers Basil Shaaban , Graham Rahal , Khalil Beschir